“neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. if they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. no, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
"HOW GOD DID SOMETHING ONCE IS NOT HOW HE DOES
Jesus and his friends are invited to a wedding, at the wedding a soft murmuring begins and people are whispering in secret tones as they run back and forth from the back room, it seems they have run out of wine. this is a grave oversight by the groom and certainly will leave an embarrassing stain on the wedding as people will remember it as the wedding where they ran out of wine. Jesus’ mother comes to him and says “they have run out of wine!” Jesus response “woman my time has not yet come!” i love that mary ignores Jesus completely and turns to the servants and says ‘whatever he tells you to do, do it!” we know the story. six wash-pots are filled with water and then some is taken to the master of the feast and it is transformed into the most amazing wine. the clock has begun to countdown, this is the first of Jesus’ miracles and He is now on!
SOMETHING ALL THE TIME."
as a church we are in a season of change, in fact the only constant season is the season of change. the earth like life is in a constant state of change, from summer to fall, winter to spring things are always changing. our biggest challenge is our resistance to change and our pursuit of security in the predictable and the constant. God is the only constant in the universe. the bible says that He is the only thing in the universe that does not change, and yet He is constantly committed to change. to go from egypt and enter into the promised land it required the children of israel to change, slaves could not dominate and take authority, but alas so many millions died in the desert because they wanted to ‘put new wine into an old winsekin” how God did something once is not how He does something all the time. we must understand that to enter into all that God has for us individually and for our church, we must be willing to adapt, to change, to progress, to move on, to develop, to let go of the old wine skin and embrace the new wine skin.
"WE MUST BE WILLING TO TAKE RISKS, STEP OUT IN FAITH
AND TRUST THE DIRECTION OF CHRIST"
Jesus turns water into wine, not just ordinary wine, but the most exquisite extraordinary wine. the wine was previously water in washing pot but when it was presented to the master of the feast it changed. water speaks of worship, it is where our spirit washes in the river of life and our heart, mind and soul is renewed and refreshed. when we take our worship by presenting it and submitting to the master we will find that a miracle occurs in our lives and we have new wine living on the inside of us. we must be willing to take risks, step out in faith and trust the direction of Christ if we are to experience new wine. do you know how much trouble the people who took the water from the wash-pot to present to the master of the feast to drink would have been in if it remained water from a ceremonial wash-pot? yet because they were willing to step out and trust they experienced more than change, they experienced something supernatural and magnificent.
"WE MUST BE COMMITTED TO CONSTANTLY CHANGING
we cannot become who God has called us to become if we build monuments to the past, worship at the altar of ‘how it used to be’ and refuse to change and progress. while we are alive we will never arrive, therefore we must be committed to constantly changing. if we don’t we will be left behind. just ask ibm who were once the leaders in the world of computers but decided that the “main frame” was here to stay and that there would be no market for personal computers in peoples homes. they refused to embrace change and consequentially lost billions of dollars as well as their reputation in the world of computing. make change your constant. the holy spirit is an agent of change. let him change you, develop you and lead you into the new. put new wine into new wineskins and you will have much joy. our new buildings will require new modus operandi and that is good, because it is the price of success in the kingdom and it pleases your heavenly Father!